EU - Manmade, Manpower, Mankind Phrases Outlawed

Arno Froese

The European Union has moved to suppress everyday phrases such as ‘manpower’ and ‘mankind’ and replace them with gender-neutral terms.

Staff in Strasbourg have been told to reduce references to ‘women or men’ in a new rule book called Gender Neutral Language in The European Parliament.

The new guidelines are aimed at EU translators tasked with converting documents between the different languages spoken and written by the 28 member states.

The online document suggests words such as ‘chairman’ be replaced by ‘chairperson,’ and ‘policeman’ or ‘policewoman’ substituted by ‘police officer.’

It also recommends the word ‘stewardess’ be avoided in preference of ‘flight attendant,’ and ‘principal’ by used instead of ‘headmaster’ or ‘headmistress.’

‘Humanity’ should replace ‘mankind’ and ‘manmade’ should be substituted by ‘synthetic’ or ‘artificial,’ it adds.

It states: ‘Gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language is more than a matter of political correctness.

‘Language powerfully reflects and influences attitudes, behavior and perceptions.

‘In order to treat all genders equally, efforts have been employed since the 1980s to propose a gender-neutral/gender-fair/non-sexist use of language, so that no gender is privileged, and prejudices against any gender are not perpetuated.’, 2 November 2018

Arno's commentary

The distinction between man and woman, husband and wife is definitely on the way out. While we recognize that this is the spirit of the end times, we must not neglect to mention some very practical reasons, such as incorporating women in the workforce. While it was unthinkable only a century ago, today it is a matter of fact. Women who stay at home no longer need to chop kindling wood to heat water, to handwash clothes, or to cook from scratch. There is no need to go out and feed livestock, milk the cows, and feed the pigs. There is no need to lower fresh meat in a basket into a deep well to keep it cool. These are just a few of hundreds of reasons why technology has taken over much of the work in the house. Thus, taking jobs outside the house has become normal.

Changes that have taken place during the last few centuries have virtually turned the world and society upside-down. We emphasize this is only the beginning, because technology will continue to race forward—some scientists say to a yet unknown goal.

What’s the message for believers? Should we fight against this tendency? The answer is simple: we don’t have a chance. It would require us to adopt the primitive culture of groups such as the Amish. They can only use electricity in the house if the local pastor grants permission. Here, the statement of Scripture is extremely important: “we are in the world, but we are not of the world.” Colossians 3:1-4 gives us the instruction, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” What the world does or does not do is not the Church’s responsibility.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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